Compositions in Crashendo! Week 2

 
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On 4 & 5 September, Crashendo! students from the Elgars group had their turn to work with sound artist Nat Grant. Working in pairs or trios, students wrote their own sound bites which they then repeated and layered over each other’s ideas. Inspired by Terry Riley’s In C, students were challenged to keep their place on the score and keep time with each other. Students gave a mini performance in front of other Crashendo students to great applause!

Nat has now taken their compositional ideas and written a brand new score called Choose Your Own Adventure for Elgars to perform later in the year. Come to our concert on 5 December to hear it!

It was great to see the students so engaged and confident to present their own musical ideas.

Thanks to Creative Victoria for making this project possible, Nat Grant for her inspiring workshops, and Teaching Artist Stephanie Arnold for all her assistance. Check out recordings from the project on SoundCloud.

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Compositions in Crashendo! Week 1

 
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On 14 & 15 August, Crashendo! students from the Beethovens group worked with sound artist Nat Grant. They had a great time creating their own soundscapes and drawing what sound means to them. Then they worked together to perform their sound ideas in performance in front of their friends. 

Students were challenged to explore extended techniques on their instruments and find the courage to make music up on the spot. 

Thanks to Nat for inspiring the students to reach outside themselves. It was a fun, creatively safe space for students to compose and improvise.  

Thanks to Creative Victoria for making this project possible, Nat Grant for her inspiring workshops, and Teaching Artists Miranda Hill, Kristen Perry & Jennifer Timmins for all their help. Check out recordings from the project on SoundCloud.

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Final Concert 2017

Rossini flutes, clarinets & strings all performing together.

Rossini flutes, clarinets & strings all performing together.

A LOT of excitement had built over the weeks running up to our end-of-year concert on Thursday 7 December. It would be the first major concert for our Rossini students who started with us in July - and they were jumping out of their skin! It was also our first concert featuring our new woodwind section. Students playing flutes and clarinets for the first time wowed our audience. How far they had come in only six months.

All our Crashendo! groups performed - Elgars, Beethovens, Mozarts and Rossinis. Pieces included Dragonhunter (Richard Meyer), Jingle Bells, Merrily We Roll Along, Rainbow (Stephen Chin) and much more.

We are so proud of what all Crashendo! students achieved in 2017 - what a year! We expanded to include woodwind instruments and performed two or more concerts every term. We look forward to 2018 being just as fabulous!

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Laverton Festival

Elgars & Beethovens performing at Laverton Festival

Elgars & Beethovens performing at Laverton Festival

Crashendo! students - our largest group to play in the community in 2017 - performed at the Laverton Festival on Sunday 19 November. It was a hot day and we made our best effort to huddle in the shade to perform for a large and enthusiastic audience. Well done to all students - some of our students had never performed in public before and were unphased by the challenges of outdoor gigs (wind, sun, heat etc!).

Blockumentary Film Premiere

Crashendo! performing at the premiere of, Blockumentary.

Crashendo! performing at the premiere of, Blockumentary.

On Thursday 28 September, our Elgars group braved the dark skies and performed at the Lohse Street Reserve in Laverton. The event marked the end of the month-long Art in Public Spaces festival across Hobsons Bay and the screening of Blockumentary, a film about locals living in Laverton. Crashendo! students performed a variety of songs which they have been working on with teaching artists, Steph and Natasha, during the term. We love performing for our community and we look forward to the next one!